updated 03:50 pm EDT, Tue June 5, 2012
Symbian viewer/editor acquisition could help with Nexus tablets
Google today announced that it has acquired Quickoffice, maker of a number of apps for viewing and editing Office documents. Twin announcements on both companies' blogs confirmed the deal. The acquisition is likely meant to advance Google's ambitions in the office productivity sector, and may play a role in the forthcoming collection of Nexus tablets.
Quickoffice has provided software for the Symbian platform as well as more popular offerings for iOS and Android. Neither Google nor Quickoffice's postings go into the exact nature of the deal, so its value and how Quickoffice's team and operations might be integrated remains unknown.
Google has been steadily expanding the capabilities of its Google Docs productivity suite since its introduction. The suite now features an array of webfonts and templates, bringing its feature set more closely in line with its main competition, Microsoft Office. Google also recently added a research tool, incorporating the company's search prowess.
It's likely that the Quickoffice acquisition will figure heavily in the capabilities of the forthcoming Nexus tablets, seemingly confirmed in recent benchmark tests. Google has been working to make the Android version of Google Docs as capable as its desktop counterpart, and a rich, full-featured productivity suite could make a powerful selling point for Nexus tablets at their expected debut in the next few weeks.